April 17, 1937
Mickey's Amateurs is released by United Artists.
Are any of you old enough to remember the Gong Show from the mid-70's? It's predecessor was "amateur hour" radio programs of the 30's and 40's, such as Major Bowes Amateur Hour. The radio programs were hugely popular, and in Mickey's Amateurs Mickey's repeating the phrase "okay, okay" was a parody of Bowes.
Walt Disney voices Mickey who is hosting a radio amateur hour in front of a live audience. All of his friends are there to perform - Donald (Clarence Nash) recites "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" or at least attempts to, and Clarabelle Cow plays piano for Clara Cluck (Florence Gill) who avoids being "gonged" singing Il Bacio with the final act being Goofy (Pinto Colvig) and his "50-piece band" which is interesting to say the least.
When watching these early Mickey cartoon shorts, it amazes me how the cartoons were produced to appeal to the adults rather than the kids. I enjoy watching these old cartoon short's with Walt doing the voice of Mickey and Nash doing Donald as only he can. Which do you prefer - classic Silly Symphony shorts or the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cartoons of today? Let me know by commenting below.
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